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Catcher Position: is as hard as they come. It makes it so unique when you are able to hang on and grow with the catchers firsthand. Which is partially in our opinion these two individuals are some of the best at what they do. In today’s write-up, we are including each athlete’s video, numbers, and much more to highlight these young men. Let’s take a deeper dive into these 2 athletes that are game-changers for us. Video credited to the individual athlete, and PBR Staff.

1.) Bradley Pippin (24′) – C/RHP – Riverdale HS

Outlook: The two-time Futures Game rep continues to stay the course with everything he does. He just creates this trust that every team looks for in their catchers. It’s just an added bonus that not only is he as good as advertised but brings this contagious energy to the ballpark every time he steps on the field. He’s very mature and knows what he wants, and we cannot wait to see what he does this Spring for Riverdale. 

Positional Tools: Pop Time – 1.94 – 2.20 | 81 mph C Velo | 85 mph OF/IF Velo | 93.6 Exit Velo 

Pitching Tools: 87-88 FB Velo | 89.6 FB T | 72-76 CB Velo | 74-77 SL Velo <———–(2021 Fall)

Player Profile: C/RHP is labeled by PBR Tennessee as the 25th player ranked in state and 3rd at his position. Big arm, and shows at every position he plays. Did a great job controlling the run game for us last season. The big bat sparks inside the middle of our lineup. Always felt like when we needed a big hit he was able to step in and do so for us. One thing I think people maybe forget too if they see Bradley as a fit is his pitchability. Before he had to shut down from throwing, Bradley was 87-88 with the FB on the mound. Even hitting an 89.7 on the biggest stage at Futures as a rising sophomore. Just keep that in the back of your mind when evaluating, cause Bradley can do a little bit of everything. 

2.) Baylor Osborne (25′) – C/OF – Mount Juliet HS

Outlook: A Junior Futures & Futures Game rep, Baylor provides a “sureness” that many teams would appreciate. In other words, you know when you step on the field that day & Baylor is behind the plate, so many outcomes are controlled. How pitchers are operating that day, the run game, and the complete management of a game. We can go on and on, but regardless just something that Baylor since he’s been with us has shown repeatedly. As coaches, we can appreciate the type of player Baylor is. It’s truly one of a kind. He stepped up as a 9th grader last season for Mount Juliet and hit leadoff. The dude can play.

Positional Tools: Pop Time – 1.92 – 2.03 | 72 mph C Velo | 7.2 60 Time | 89.5 Exit Velo 

Player Profile: C/OF is labeled by PBR Tennessee as the 13th player ranked in state and 1st at his position. One of the best defensive catchers we have had inside our program. What makes him different is his ability to block and recover. His athleticism allows him to really move well left & right when it comes to blocking. His catch & throw is also another + as this guy threw out 12 guys last season in 31 attempts which is about 40% of runners thrown out. He’s also a left-hand-hitting catcher. He has a good idea of the zone at the plate which allows him to be an OBP machine! 

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